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leadership. >> thank you so much. thanks to all our guests this hour and thank you for watching. that's it for "the lead." i'll turn you over to wolf blitzer and "the situation room" and will continue with air strikes in syria. wolf? happening now, breaking news. new air strikes happening this hour. the united states and its allies hitting more isis targets in iraq and syria. i'll speak live with the pentagon spokesman, rear admiral john kirby about the new phase in the u.s.-led air campaign. tough talk from the president of the united states at the united nations. >> there can be no reasoning, no negotiation with this brand of evil. the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. >> president obama urges world leaders to join the battle to destroy isis and pushes them to cut off the flow of foreign fighters. hostage beheaded.
isis allies in algeria murder a french tourist calling it a message of blood to france who has joined the u.s.-led air strikes. are americans in danger overseas? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer at the united nations. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com let's get right to the breaking news. u.s. and coalition aircraft this afternoon are carrying fresh strikes against isis targets in syria and iraq each as they avenge from the rubble of earlier strikes and under strong pressure from president obama the united nations security council approved a resolution to stop the flow of money and foreign fighters to isis. that follows tough talk to the general assembly. the president of the united states calling on world leaders to join the war against a jihadist group, but that hasn't stopped isis allies from beheading a french hostage
calling it a message of blood for the french government which has joined the fight against isis. the netherlands now says it, too, will participate in the u.s.-led military campaign contributing f-16 fighters and britain's prime minister takes the rare step of recalling parliament to consider possible air strikes. our correspondent, our analysts and newsmakers are all standing by with full coverage this hour. let's begin with the breaking news. u.s. airstrikes are resuming in syria, u.s. and coalition aircraft are carrying out more attacks on isis targets. let's get the very latest from our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are you learning, barbara? >> warplanes are back in the air over eastern syria. u.s. and coalition aircraft this time and they're going straight after isis' pile of money. they are attacking right now about a dozen targets in remote areas in eastern syria, and portable, modular, small oil
refineries. this is part of isis' earning power, the revenue stream. they smuggle oil. they refine the oil in these remote locations and then sell it, making themselves about $2 million a day to finance their operations. the u.s. and the coalition now bombing about a dozen targets in this area according to a senior u.s. official. this is an effort, wolf, to go straight after isis' revenue stream. they have robbed banks and stolen money and they have stolen oil revenue by refining this oil and smuggling it illegally. if the u.s. can cut off some of isis' cash flow, the hope is that will help. they will run out on of money eventually and they won't be able to pay their fighters and finance their operations and there may be a long way to go on that goal, but tonight, this is the beginning of that effort, that part of the campaign to go after their cash flow. wolf? >> they're trying to make it it
as difficult as possible for these isis terrorists, but they do have a lot of money. yesterday a jordanian minister said they already have $1 billion that they've stolen from banks from iraq and mosul. do we know which arab air forces are with the u.s. in this new round of air strikes, barbara? >> wolf, the initial word that we are getting is that at least some aircraft from the united arab emirates and possibly other arab nations also participating, look for them to be dropping precision-guided munitions. they want to hit these refineries very precisely. they know there will be oil fires as a result of this, but they'll try on limit any environmental damage to the desert. they think that these refineries are small enough that they can, with the precision-guided munition, obliterate them and they may burn for a bit, but the calculation is that isis refines about 300 to 500 barrels of oil per day and it's a small amount
relatively speaking in the oil market so it's not, you know, this is not going to be oil fires burning across the desert as we've seen in years past. they hope to limit this. as you point out, wolf, isis has a lot of cash flow and this is a beginning effort to go after an economic set of targets with military firepower. wolf? >> clearly, barbara, we'll get an update from rear admiral be john kirby will join us live in the situation room shortly. barbara sar at the pentagon, thank you. under strong pressure from president obama. the u.n. security council has taken strong action to stop the flow of money and foreign fighters to isis and that comes as the president is using very tough language in addressing world leaders about the terror threat. let's bring in our chief national correspondent jim sciutto. he's here with me at the united nations. the president was very tough at the general assembly. >> no question. this is a refinder that the u.s.
is at war right now with coalition partners and they're making the case for war and asking the world to join in, if not by joining military action by taking other steps, stopping the flow of foreign fighters to syria, stopping the financing and more broadly, fighting the ideology at home. this needs to be a global effort and he described a conflict that goes far beyond isis. >> speaking to leaders from the 193 countries a semibehmed at the u.n. president obama delivered an ambitious call to action to the world. >> we can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress or we can allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability. >> reporter: for the president the sources of that fear extend from isis and al qaeda to russian aggression in ukraine.
to the outbreak of ebola, but little more than a day after he took the u.s. and his coalition partners to war against isis in syria, the president identified the central challenge as the cancer of violent extremism. >> there can be no reasoning, no negotiation with this brand of evil. the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. >> reporter: military action, however, is only part of his solution. he demanded that muslims themselves stand up to the root causes of terrorism. >> it is i'm for the world, especially in muslim communities to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject ideology of organizations like al qaeda and isil. >> reporter: together, it is a new and more aggressive foreign policy for a president until now defined by his decisions to end wars in iraq and afghanistan, and avoid military action in
others including, until now, in syria. this was president obama at the g-20 last year in russia. >> i was elected to end wars, not start them. >> reporter: and this was mr. obama today. >> those who have joined isil should leefr the battlefield while they can. those who continue to fight for a hateful cause will find they're increasingly alone. >> after addressing the general assembly the president chaired a very special meeting of the u.n. security council. he made a point of saying had is only the sixth time in the u.n.'s history when all of the heads of state of the u.n. security council came to meet and there they passed unanimously a very strong resolution barring terror financing, the flow of fighters and it's a legally binding document, wolf. the question now is do the nations who signed on to this in all 193 nations here are obligated to follow these requirements do they follow through? >> that would be significant if
they do. it is unanimously approved by the u.n. security council. it is legally binding. a very disturbing development in nigeria, a group tied to isis kidnaps a french tourist and because france is assisting the united states in launching air strikes against isis in iraq, they are going to behead the french tourist and they do precisely that. >> it is very sad that another family knows that their friend, brother was killed in this way. it's this question, is isis just a threat in syria or is it a threat outside syria? today you have proof it's a threat outside syria. a group pledging allegiance in effect to isis. another beheading this time in algeria and still in the region and the worry is that this could happen anywhere now, that sympathizers, lone wolves even here in the u.s. could be radicalized to take steps like this. we saw in australia,a i group attempted to do just that carry out beheadings on the streets of
australia and in fact, the the president and that's why he's making the call to arms today. is it that group's cancer, spreads overseas. >> and the worry that u.s. officials have and it's clearly a worry is is. i've spoken to some, that american ourists could be captured andy about headed to try to make a point. >> that's absolutely right and this is a sad fact that the countries now involved in this fight, the u.s. included and we saw british people die and a french man die today that they will be prime targets because isis is a group that's very at tune to sending the most terrorizing message possible and the u.s. and its western partners and its coalition partners in the region, they're the prime targets. >> there's clearly some revenge going on right now. jim sciutto, thanks very much. >> joining us, two of the cnn military analysts, intelligence officer rick pran kona and on the phone general hartling.
you heard barbara starr at the pentagon saying they're going after oilfields where isis has taken over the the oilfields and they're trying to export oil to the black market and they're making a million or $2 million a day and how painful could this be to isis in syria? >> it's a great report by barbara, wolf, and this is a problem, as i said earlier that they experienced in er ed id in iraq where al qaeda was getting a hold of the rubbings and using that to fund their operation. any strategic targeting will any after leadership, communication, and funding mechanisms and by striking these oilfields you are taking a significant amount of the economy away from the organization that's trying to establish a state and use that money also for hiring fighters and enticing jihadists. i think it's a good, strategic target and well done.
>> colonel francona, it looks like the u.s. and its arab allies involved in these air strikes, they clearly are seeing this one step at a time, but they're clearly in it for the long haul. >> rather than going after everything you could the first night they're taking it methodically and one of the targets they hit on the first night was tied to this and this was the finance center that controls the finance mechanisms and you're taking out the front end of that system. limb theities the amount of civilian casualties and collateral damage that we'll have because of this markada oilfield that barbara pointed out is northeast, it's out in the middle of the desert and we will not incur a lot of civilian casualties and it will have the desired effect of cutting off some financing to isis. it might starve some of their internal resupply of fuel. so this is a good target set and
something we do routinely is go after pol and financing. >> tell us, colonel, about this f-woo ra f-22 raptor. what can it do that an f-16 or an f-15 can't do some. >> it's invisible to radar. it it has s the most stealth ai and virtually undetectable by anything the syrians have by way of radar. if the syrians were going engage they would never see this aircraft and it's primarily an air to air security fighter and it can go in undetected and put precision-guided munitions into a heavily defended area. this is its first use in combat, and i think that it was meant to pave the way. i talked to one of the f-22 squadrons yesterday and they said they actually led the way in to make sure there was no air
defenses that the following fighters had to deal with because the f-15s and the f-16s would be visible on radar. >> that raises this question, jgeneral hertling and whether saudi arabia and bahrain, any of the countries assisting the u.s. don't have the stealth fighters. they have the f-15s and the f-16s, how vulnerable are they? if they wanted to engage with them, how is their anti-aircraft missile system, for example? >> they also have, wolf, different blocks of aircraft. these fighters and bombers are going in in what's called a strike package. so hear certain aircraft that have certain mission and the f-15s and f-16s are anything in, perhaps being led by the 22s, the raptors and also some weasels and some other jammers that actually take out or blind any air defense radar or any system. so you're talking about not only
a very complex operation in terms of multiple airplanes, but we are also looking at different countries to provide their advantage in the sky. the united states is probably providing reconnaissance planes and targeters as well as jammers while the other countries are coming in behind them and taking advantage of their strike capabilities. >> colonel francona, what do you know about the syrian an it tian ti-aircraft system and we all know they're russian supplied if they want to stop what's going on. >> on paper it looks like a wonderful system and totally integrated and relatively modern equipment, but in reality it has been degraded over the years for lack of attention. it's not been used and the israelis penetrate it at will. look at the location of where they are. 90% of the syrian air defense radar missiles, aaa is all focused around damascus and
aleppo and that corridor in between. the targets we're striking today are out in eastern syria, very, very lightly defended because they never thought they would have to fight a war out well. although it is i would call it a less restrictive environment there still is a possibility that you could be hit with heavy aaa or a mobile missile system and as the general said, we are taking the full package in there. you can see some of the aircraft taking off from the carrier where the fa-growler, the fa-18 growler, and the last thing we want to do is lose a pilot over syria. >> yeah. and normally in a situation like this before the u.s. were to engage in air assaults, air strikes, the first thing they would do is go in and strike the anti-aircraft systems and the radar systems and all of the aaa batteries and what they have to destroy those, but they haven't done that as far as the syrian
capabilities are concerned and they don't necessarily believe the syrians will engage in that, but we'll see what happens. they have to worry presumably about the worst k-case scenario. i think the fact that the president managed to get these five arab countries onboard propelled this u.n. security council special session to -- helped propel, and gave him political momentum to get all members of the security council including russia and china the permanent members onboard and no abtensions and no vetoes. it it took pretty clever diplomatic work to get that done, particularly with russia all that's going on with russia now in terms of the aggression in eastern ukraine. the president today had strong words fitting them into the conflict, of an international set of norms that is being violated by countries like russia and including isis that the world has to stand up to so to get russia onboard it was a big deal. although it is interesting,
russia faces problems from the islamic extremism as well and also china, a country that in the past the u.s. has had disagreements with and they're facing in western china and xinjiang. isis is the great unifier elsewhere and in the region and he's been able to get these five sunni nations onboard to attack with air strikes and another arab nation along the u.s. is a remarkable coalition. >> impressive diplomacy at the united nations today, but in the meantime even as we speak the air strikes continue in syria and iraq. much more coming in on "the situation room kwoe ". we'll have an update in just a moment. also, as president obama calls for help in the fight against isis, will egypt, a close u.s. ally respond? i'll speak live with egypt's foreign minister. he'll be with me at the united
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that are being used right now. what do we know, tom? >> sure, wolf. we know these are out here beyond where some of the other things have been. we're seeing strikes here and here these days, but right now what we're talking about is focused on this eastern part of syria right over here in some of the oil areas. as we understand it, they are not hitting any of the big facilities. for example, raqqa out here is one of the facilities and about a quarter million people. there are some big oil facilities in that town. this is not what the target is. the target now is further out. one of the areas we're hearing about is called markada. big, open land and not a lot going on here. smaller, portable, type refineries hit out here and this is open territory, and wolf, if you look at this, this is precisely what military planes like this would be great at hitting because they can strike them with precision bombs and have very little risk of an environmental disaster an human disaster by hitting anybody else
nearby as compared to raqqa which we just saw a moment ago, wolf, where there are houses and things close by. that's what they're going after in this extreme eastern part of syria, wolf? >>a i new round of air vibings. tom foreman, stand by, as i bring in rear ademmiral john kirby. thanks very much for joining us. update us on this new round of arab allied air strikes. what's going on? >> these strikes just ended moments ago, wolf. it was against 12 targets in eastern syria. these 12 targets were what we call modular oil refineries. so they're oil refineries, not oilfields, but refineries. they were struck with precision-guided missiles by coalition aircraft. in pack, there were more
coalition aircraft in the skies on these particular missions than u.s. >> which participated. >> saudi arabia as did the united arab emirates. >> and they dropped more bombs, precision missiles or whatever, than the u.s. did, is that what you're saying, admiral? >> i don't have a actual number of munitions dropped and i can tell you they were precision-guided munitions and what i am saying is the majority of the aircraft on these missions were actually coalition aircraft and not u.s. >> so these 12 targets, tell us where they were selected. >> these are oil refineries, modular oil refineries and they account roughly on average about the $2 million a day for isil and they're a revenue veem for these anyways and they are in a remote part of eastern syria and we know that we were -- we were not -- there wasn't a big risk of causing collateral damage or
civilian casualties and these are oil refineries and i will tell you that one of the things we focused on was the infrastructure around the refineries itself. you know, they're birthing and communications equipment and the methods of control over the refinery's business that we were trying to get at. upon. >> we will do a battle damage assessment throughout the night and hopefully throughout the morning we'll have a much better sense of how well we did. the aircraft are safely back on deck and this all happened in the last 20 minutes. >> and so i take it, all u.s., saudi, uae aircraft left safely and there was no problem as far as that was concerned, right some. >> that was right, wolf. >> all of the aircraft and pilots returned safe and sound. my other guess is this is just the beginning and we'll keep the pressure them and we said that yesterday. this is the beginning of a long effort. the united states military is
poised and ready to contribute to that effort for as long as it takes. there will be more. there will be more. >> do you have a complete bomb damage assessment from the first couple of rounds from the u.s. and coalition air strike thises. >> we do, wolf. we've completed the assessment and analysis of the first night's strikes and what i can tell you is we're very, very confident that we not only hit what we were aiming at, but that we caused the kind of damage we wanted to cause, and i think you saw in a briefing yesterday and some buildings, we just wanted to hit communications gear on the roof or one side of the building and we were very, very precise, very lethal and targeted and very comfortable that these strikes were successful and executed very professionally. >> do you know if you killed the al nusra leader, the man known as the turk? >> we do not know that, wolf. we cannot confirm any particular leadership that might have been killed in these strikes. we've been asked how many isil fighters have you killed some we
don't know that either, but the goal really was to get at isil's capabilities of sustaining, training, equipping, financing itself. these are strategic-level targets that we were going after and again, all indications that we have and we've done the analysis is that these vibings were very successful. >> on the first night, we know those tomahawk cruise missiles were launched against the khorasan group targets and a separate terrorist organization, as you know. there were reports that you targeted the leader of the khorasan, do you know it if he was killed? >> we don't know that. we can't confirm the fate of mr. fasri. well ability to command and control and to lead themselves and if you are the leader of an organization like this, you're fair game. >> that imminent threat from the khorasan group, that imminent threat no longer exists, is that right? >> well again, we're still trying to take a look at that
particular set of strikes. we do believe that we severely disrupted and degraded their ability to plot and to plan there near aleppo, but i'm not prepared right now that the threat the khorasan group poses in this case or any other has been completely eliminated. >> can you tell us where the u.s. aircraft in these latest air strikes, where they originated from? are they carrier based and are they coming from air bases in the region? >> what i can tell you that the aircraft were land-based aircraft and they came from bases in the region, wolf. i'm not going go into any more detail than that. >> but as far as you know, turkey, nato allies and not yet allowing the u.s. to stage aircraft to allow strikes in syria and iraq. is that right? >> without getting the specifics of partner nation contributions and we know turkey will be a partner in this and they'll have to speak for the way in which
they'll have to participate and that we are getting great, regional cooperation and we're very pleased for that and grateful for that and that this cooperation isn't in terms of basing and it's in terms of flying and in terms of dropping bombs and the majority of the aircraft that flew today's operations were from coalition partners. >> as you said, from the u.s. perspective, the saudis and the emirates, the uae they both came through on this second round of major air strikes against these isis targets in syria. rear admiral kirby, thanks very much for joining us. >> great to be with you, wolf, as always. >> we'll continue to stay in close touch with you. coming up, we'll have more of the breaking news. these fresh round of air strikes in syria. we're getting new information. stay with us. [ male announcer ] at northrop grumman, we've always been on the forefront of innovation. when the world called for speed... ♪ ...when the world called for stealth... ♪ ...intelligence...
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this is cnn breaking news. >> we're following the breaking news, new u.s.-saudi, united arab emirates air strikes in syria right now. the u.s. and allies pounding away at oil refineries controlled by isis. u.s. officials say the targets where those oil refineries that were generating between $1 million and $2 million a day for isis and its terrorist organizations. egypt can has a powerful military is a close ally in the middle east and where does it stand in the campaign against isis is concerned?
let's get some answers. joining us now is the former minister of egypt is al shukri. let me get your thoughts on eastern syria that were providing $1 million to $2 million a day on the black market for isis? >> that was necessary to stem the flow of cash to these radical organizations. it's the funding that provides them the arms and provides them the capacity to achieve what they have achieved militarily. it's a positive addition, and it's money that the syrian people have lost, but it's a necessary step. are you with the u.s. and its five arab coalition partners some is egypt with the u.s. on this some. >> oh, definitely. we are with the u.s. with a variety of other nations other than the basic -- those who are basically undertaking military today, but this is a broad coalition which we formed
initially when we met in jeddah and in paris and here at the security council. we are fully committed to this fight against terrorism. we have been fighting terrorism for some time now and have always advocated that we need an international approach and solidarity and a common effort to totally eradicate this unwarranted and barbaric form of activity. >> will you get involved militarily in addition to the support you're providing the united states, like jordan, bahrain and the other arab countries? >> i think it's important for various members of the coalition to have various roles and these roles are being formulated as we go. it's still in the initial phases of the coalition's activity, but at this stage, we are concentrating on the political, concentrating on utilizing our religious institutions to impact the ability of these
organizations to recruit new fighters and of course, on cut off the funding and to provide information. we have a very close cooperation and the information and intelligence fields with the united states and other european partners, and i think this is an important road. our military's doctrine has always been a defensive one to protect the egyptian territory and people and we will develop our strategy in cooperation with our other partners as this battle develops. >> does isis pose a threat to egypt? >> of course. these organizations, whether they're called isis. whether they're called anything else, we have an ongoing battle in the sinai with similar terrorist organizations and radical groups as is the case in libya, as is the case in nigeria or in somalia. they might call themselves different things, but they have the same, basic ideology and the basic desire to on destroy the
nation's state concept and to this idea of rejecting anyone else's ideas. >> so when the president of the united states said today before the the united nations general assembly, the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. you agree with president obama? >> we agree that they must be met by force as long as they use terrorism and use force. it's the only way to eradicate them, and we need to also apply ourselves to the political dimension related to the environment in which they have been able to gain ground and impact their ideological base and showing that islam has nothing to do with what they are doing or perpetrating. on the contrary, islam i like christianity and judaism, and any other religion is a religion of tolerance and acceptance. there was a rift of a break in
the longstanding and very close u.s.-egyptian military to military relationship after the removal of the relationship? has it bounced back? is the relationship strong today or are there still problems? >> let me tell you, was there a rift with the relationship. >> they started withholding military equipment. >> egypt never impacted the military cooperation with the united states. we continue to provide all of the cooperation and all of the assistance in terms of our cooperation and we never took actions. >> you'd have to ask the u.s. about that. egypt, we've never. >> has that stopped? >> are you back to normal, in other words? >> we are on the way to being back to normal. the issues related to suspension of military aid i hope will be resolved, but i have to stress that egypt has continued to actively engage the united states military to military and even on the political level and we are interested in maintain our strong cooperation with the
united states. >> you are the foreign minister of egypt, when you meet with top administration officials, whether john kerry, do they keep raising the issues, the banning of the muslim brotherhood, are their those still thorns in the u.s.-egyptian relationship? >> i think the u.s. has recognized that the egyptian people have undertaken and established their will and that egypt has been on a road to democratization that was fair, free and internationally monitored. so that, i think, is not an issue any longer and that the state to state relationship is well in its ability to deal with all of the dimensions of the relationship. that doesn't mean that the united states doesn't trace issues related to an opinion and as a friend and we take this in terms of the friendship that exists between us and we are also in a position to clarify to
the united states where we might feel that the u.s. position does not conform to what is actually happening in egypt. >> egypt, the larget of all of the arab countries. foreign minististeminister, tha being with us. >> happy to be with you. >> the breaking news and the u.s.-led air strikes taking place right now in syria. ♪ who's going to do it?
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refineries in syria, oil refineries controlled by isis, the u.n. security council has approved a tough new measure on cut a flow of funds and fighters to isis and all of this comes after tough talk from president obama to the united nations assembly urging world leaders to join against isis. let's go now to jim acosta who has the very latest. >> i've been told we should not expect to hear from the president later this evening about this latest round of air strikes. he is at an event, a u.n.-related event on open government and he's not expected to talk about this in terms of what's happening militarily in the battle against isis right now. clearly, from what you are hearing the president talk about earlier today with respect to taking the fight to isis, you heard the president basically warn those isis fighters to clear out of the battlefield and at one part during his speech he talked about going after the financesing of this terror group and clearly, wolf, that these
air strikes hitting these oilfields in eastern syria is going after their financing and it's been estimating that isis controls about 50% of the oil reserves in syria right now. something like 50,000 barrels per day and if the u.s. and this coalition will defeat isis militarily they'll have to any after the money as well, wolf. >> jim acosta traveling with the president as well. thanks very much. we're watching the breaking news. the new u.s. emirates and saudi air strikes in syria that have just wrapped up. the former president of the united states, bill clinton, he weighs in today on the u.s.-led air campaign on isis. stay with us. you used to sleep like a champ.
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clinton is backing the u.s.-led war on isis. listen to what he told cnn's erin burnett. she was the host of a panel today at the clinton global initiative, right here in new york city. >> "the new york times," in a large one full-page op-ed, has now said that the strikes in syria are a, quote, bad decision. are they right? >> they say it's a bad decision. no, i don't think so. i don't think they are right. i think that success is not guaranteed. i think what isis is trying to do was to sucker us into putting a lot of soldiers on the ground, so they could shift the blame from themselves to us for all the violence in the area. and what we learned repeatedly is that when the sunni tribal
leaders who are not militant and not twisting islam for their political objectives are willing to fight, they can reclaim their country. and we should help them do it. but it's not a fight we can win for them. so i personally believe the way they thought this through and planned it and limited our involvement avoids isis achieving their objective of suckering us into their fight and increases the chances that the tribal leaders will prevail. >> you can watch the full interview with the former president of the united states, erin burnett, her sit-down with bill clinton for a cnn special town hall tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern, only on cnn. we'll be right back. bl b
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. happening now. breaking news. the u.s. launches a new round of air strikes against isis forces inside syria, as president obama calls on the world to act forcefully against the terror group. targets revealed. the u.s.-led coalition, including the united arab emirates and saudi arabia now aiming at the terrorist finances. can it cut off a major source of income? hostage beheaded. a french citizen murdered on tape, but by isis supporters hundreds of miles from syria. is i